Democracy Tomorrow: Increasin Citizen Participation in Kansas Elections

  • 08 Sep 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wichita State University


Join the ACLU of Kansas, the League of Women Voters of Kansas, and the NAACP-Kansas State Conference of Branches for Democracy Tomorrow: Increasing Citizen Participation in Kansas Elections.

An all-day summit, Democracy Tomorrow seeks to explore ways to enhance civic participation and engagement in the state of Kansas. It will feature elected officials and leading thinkers from both Kansas and across the country to discuss ways to promote good citizenship practices.

Democracy Tomorrow will serve as an opportunity for Kansas activists, legislators, and engaged citizens to begin a statewide conversation on the importance of promoting stronger civic health and higher levels of electoral participation.

• Keynote speaker Kevin Kennedy, Board Member of the U.S. Vote Foundation 
and former Director of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
• Presentation by Bryan Caskey, State of Kansas Director of Elections

Panel: Enhancing Civic Health and Social Capital by Modernizing Voter Registration
• Tova Wang, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Secure and Modern 
Elections, and Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos
• Samuel Derheimer, Senior Manager of Election Initiatives, The Pew Charitable 

Panel: Making Citizen Participation Easy: Trends in Election Administration 
• Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
• Doug Chapin, Director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota 
• Natalie Tennant, Manager of State Advocacy for the Voting Rights and Elections Project, the Brennan Center for Justice and former Secretary of State of West Virginia

Panel: Kansas Legislators
• Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D, District 29)
• Sen. Randall Hardy (R, District 24)
• Rep. John Carmichael (D, District 92)
• Rep. Mary Martha Good (R, District 75)

The event begins at 9:30 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM. Attendance is free, but you must RSVP ahead of time. A limited number of hotel scholarships will be awarded to participants traveling 100 or more miles to Wichita for the event. The scholarship covers the entire cost of a room at a predetermined Wichita hotel on Thursday, September 7. Scholarships will be granted on a first come, first served basis. If you request a scholarship, an ACLU staff member will follow up with you via email to discuss availability.

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